The Board of Stirling Theological College is delighted to announce the appointment of Rev Dr Graham Joseph Hill as Principal, effective from 1st December 2020.
During 2020, Graham has been Interim Principal and Director of Research at Stirling. Prior to that, he was Provost and Vice-Principal at Morling Theological College in Sydney. He has had years of experience in leading educational innovation, research excellence, and organisational renewal and change in Australia, the Asia-Pacific, and worldwide. He has degrees in theology, education, and leadership, including a Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Theology, and is currently completing an MBA, and is the author of ten books.
The Principal will provide strategic leadership for the future of theological education in Australia and for serving Churches of Christ, the University of Divinity, the Australian Institute of Family Counselling, and other stakeholders. Graham has experience in consulting with ministers and connecting theological education with the mission and ministry of local churches. He is Founding Director of The Global Church Project and is making a significant contribution to leadership in the study of global theology. Central to his ministry is a deep love for Jesus and the gospel, nurtured through prayer, mentoring, mission, Bible reading, and his church community (Epping Church of Christ).
Graham says, “I am thrilled about the opportunity to serve Stirling Theological College, and the Churches of Christ in Australia, through the Principal role. I look forward to serving with the team at Stirling, and seeing a generation of disciples and leaders equipped for mission, ministry, counselling, and other forms of service – for the glory of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
His appointment is affirmed by Professor Peter Sherlock, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Divinity: “Graham is an outstanding theologian and practitioner who exemplifies the University’s Vision and Mission in his abilities to engage theologically with contemporary issues and to prepare students for the service of others. I very much look forward to his leadership of Stirling and to his contribution to the University’s growth in the years to come.”
Dr. Rob Nyhuis, Executive Officer of Churches of Christ Vic-Tas, adds his affirmation: “I am delighted that Graham has been appointed to this strategic role. He brings a wealth of experience in assisting churches to shape leaders and ministers for optimum kingdom impact. Graham has already served the College well over the past two years and now enters an important and influential season of ministry which needs our prayerful and ongoing support.”
Graham is married to Felicity, and they have three daughters, Madison, Grace, and Dakotah. They live in North Epping in Sydney and enjoy serving Jesus through their local church and in their local neighbourhood.
The Board is looking forward to working with Graham in the next season of Stirling’s life and witness.
Chair of the Board, Stirling Theological College
Stirling College is committed to ongoing theological reflection and the formation of each member of our learning community. Stirling is committed to being Christ centred in heart, thought, word and deed. We form people towards Christ centred lives, mission and ministry. Stirling is committed to giving students the best possible skills to read the Bible in its original context and to then reflect on what that means for today and how to apply it in their lives, not just for their own benefit but to benefit the Body of Christ in its diverse and varied expressions.